Morphology of the Folktale

Morphology of the Folktale : Second Edition

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This book is the classic work on forms of the European folktale.
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  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 12.7mm | 235.87g
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • English
  • 2nd Revised ed.
  • 0292783760
  • 9780292783768
  • 129,490

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The morphology presented by the author is, of course, a morphology of the fairy tale specifically, and he is careful to make note of this fact in the Foreword and in Chapter II.
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Table of contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction to the Second Edition
Introduction to the First Edition
Author's Foreword
I. On the History of the Problem
II. The Method and Material
III. The Functions of Dramatis Personae
IV. Assimilations: Cases of the Double Morphological Meaning of a Single Function
V. Some Other Elements of the Tale

A. Auxiliary Elements for the Interconnection of Functions
B. Auxiliary Elements in Trebling
C. Motivations

VI. The Distribution of Functions Among Dramatis Personae
VII. Ways in Which New Characters Are Introduced into the Course of Action
VIII. On the Attributes of Dramatis Personae and their Significance
IX. The Tale as a Whole

A. The Ways in Which Stories Are Combined
B. An Example of Analysis of a Tale
C. The Problem of Classification
D. On the Relationship of Particular Forms of Structure to the General Pattern
E. The Problem of Composition and Theme, and of Themes and Variants
F. Conclusion
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"It was primarily Claude Levi-Strauss who made Propp's book popular outside the small circle of Western Slavicists: he immediately recognized the importance of Propp's methodology not only for the study of the fairy-tale, but generally for the study of narrative folklore. [Levi-Strauss] expressed his admiration for all those"'who for a long time have been Propp's successors without knowing it."" * Times Literary Supplement * "Propp's work is seminal...[and], now that it is available in a new edition, should be even more valuable to folklorists who are directing their attention to the form of the folktale, especially to those structural characteristics which are common to many entries coming from even different cultures." * Choice *
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About V. Propp

Vladimir Propp was born in Petersburg, April 29, 1895. In 1932 he was called to a position at the University of Leningrad and went on to make major contributions to Russian folklore studies, comparative mythology, and the classification of folklore genres. His international fame is closely tied to the contributions he made to the structural analysis of folklore in Morphology of the Folktale.
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